Virat Kohli once again led from the front as his fourth century helped Royal Challengers Bangalore to thrash Kings XI Punjab.Riding on Kohli’s 113 from just 50 balls, RCB posted a mammoth total of 211 in just 15 overs and then restricted KXIP to 120 in 14 overs to win by 82 runs(D/L method).The win took RCB to the second position in the table.
RCB skipper Kohli sustained a split webbing on his left hand while fielding a couple of days ago against Kolkata Knight Riders as he went for a diving catch.Reports suggested that the right-hander had seven stitches on his left hand but he braved pain and stitches in his left palm webbing to butcher the KXIP attack.
“I didn’t hit any balls because I was injured, but when I settled down, I thought I shouldn’t think about my stitches. When I got the flow going, and the pain went away, I was able to play shots,” Kohli said after the match.
Kohli, who is experiencing one of the best phases of his career , said it was possible to score a century in a rain-hit game reduced to 15 overs-a-side.
“I thought surely I can’t get a 100 in 15 overs. Chris, looked dangerous in the last game, he was in the zone again today. Everything is coming together.
“In the previous tournaments, we panicked. But hopefully, we can continue what we have been doing. My main aim is to get runs, it doesn’t matter how I play. Momentum is a big thing in T20s.”
Kohli’s sense of timing and his attitude towards the game is clearly reflecting on his batting. For him, a T20 game is all about three hours of full focus.
“T20s is just three hours a day. You still have 21 hours away, so why relax on the field? Today was a shortened game, but I was glad we got 15 overs in,” said the RCB skipper.
Riding high on confidence the Delhi lad is now not only aiming for a playoff berth, but he is also backing RCB to win their first IPL crown.
“There’s no reason why we can’t win. We have got to that stage, where we’ve stopped thinking about other teams. We are just relaxed, the guys in the dugout are doing a great job. We’ve got the momentum now.”
RCB play their last game against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.